Contents tagged with European Commission

  • Kyiv: there will be no direct negotiations with Russia on gas transit

    Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev announced that in 2019, the Ukrainian company would continue negotiations on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. He stressed that the format of the negotiations will remain trilateral and not directly with Gazprom.

    "We rely on European law and Ukraine's interests and will start negotiations with Gazprom on further transit solely in the trilateral format with the participation of the European Commission,” Kobolev wrote on Facebook .

    In late December, …

  • European Commission invites Russia and Ukraine to gas negotiations

    Moscow and Kyiv have been invited to Brussels for trilateral negotiations on gas transit, Vice President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič stated on Twitter. “I expect that commercial entities will also attend. It is important to build on the positive momentum created in July,” he added.

    Earlier, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak stated that the meeting of experts from Russia, the European Commission and Ukraine for trilateral negotiations on gas would take place by the end of …

  • European Union allocates €500 million of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine

    The European Union allocated 500 million euro of the first tranche of macro-financial assistance to Ukraine, stated Vice-President of the European Commission Valdis Dombrovskis on Twitter. He also noted that the European Union continues to actively support Ukraine.

    Later, a source in the Ministry of Finance confirmed that money has been transferred to Ukraine.

    On November 16, Ukraine completed the ratification of the agreement on receiving 1 billion euro from the EU. The allocation of macro- …

  • European Commissioner calls on Ukraine to launch Anti-Corruption Court

    During a joint briefing with the director of NABU (National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine), Artem Sytnyk ,the Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighborhood Policy, Johannes Hahn, said that he believes that a full-fledged Anti-Corruption Court would be able to provide fair solutions in corruption crimes cases, which are investigated by the NABU detectives.

     “First of all, I would like to note the effectiveness of the NABU work, which, despite constant pressure and resistance, has …

  • Poland rejects European Commission demands to revise judicial reform

    Polish authorities do not intend to comply with the demands of the European Commission to revise judicial reform, reported the press service of the Polish Foreign Ministry.

    The Ministry noted that "in accordance with the EU agreements, justice is within the jurisdiction of the EU member countries themselves." At the same time, the ministry stressed that the law on the Supreme Court is aimed at combating corruption. "If the European Commission still has some doubts, it can file a complaint to …

  • European Commission offers mediation between Russia and Ukraine on Nord Stream-2

    The European Commission (EC) offered mediation services to Russia and Ukraine in the dispute over the new Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline construction. The goal is to conclude a detailed agreement on continuing of the Russian gas transit through the territory of Ukraine after 2019, said the Deputy Chairman of the EC, Maros Sefcovic on Friday in Brussels.

    He claimed that Germany actively facilitated the coordination of such a tripartite meeting. On May 28, Sefcovic plans to discuss with Russia a …

  • European Court of Justice rejects Naftogaz’s claim against the European Commission regarding Gazprom’s access to OPAL pipeline

    The European Court of Justice dismissed the claim of the Ukrainian state-owned company Naftogaz against the European Commission (EC). Naftogaz filed a lawsuit against the EC in March of last year in response to the EC’s decision to allow the Russia’s Gazprom additional transit volumes through the OPAL and Nord Stream pipelines. However, on March 9, the Court rejected Naftogaz’s claim against the EC.

    The EC made their decision to grant Gazprom additional access to the OPAL pipeline on October 28 …

  • European Commission offers €1 billion assistance package to Ukraine

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new Macro-Financial Assistance (MFA) program for Ukraine worth up to €1 billion ($1.23 billion) intended to support economic stabilization and structural reforms, as said in the statement on the website of the European Commission.

    "Today's proposal follows the request of the Ukrainian authorities and direct discussions between [European] Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko. The new program seeks …

  • European Commission offers to mediate negotiations between Naftogaz and Gazprom

    European Commission (EC) Vice-President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič noted that the European Commission is ready to mediate to help settle the gas dispute between Ukraine and Russia. This was mentioned in a statement released on the EC website.

    It was specifically noted that Šefčovič had contacted Ukrainian and Russian authorities for telephone-based discussions. Šefčovič spoke with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman, Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev, and Russian Energy Minister …

  • Ukraine and Russia are ready for a dialogue with the European Commission on the gas transit issue

    Ukraine and Russia have prepared for close, consistent communication regarding gas transit issues, RIA Novosti reports, quoting a representative of the European Commission. "Ukraine and Russia have confirmed their readiness to remain in close contact with the European Commission," the source said.

    According to him, the Vice President of the European Commission for Energy Union, Maroš Šefčovič was informed of Gazprom's intention to terminate contracts with Naftogaz. He also added that all …